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Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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08/17/17, 10:10 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 15 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Week 15 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

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2012 Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks

 

 

 

Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 15

 

 

RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings

 

 

Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Sunday, Dec. 16 - 10:39AM CT)

 

Cam Newton - Pyro Character

1.           Cam Newton (at SD) – There’s nothing like finding yourself in the fantasy playoffs with a running quarterback on a roll. Cam Newton put up the most fantasy points in the league over the last six weeks and has been the top point-getter in each of the last three. In that time, he’s thrown for 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions while also rushing for 330 yards and another four TDs. He’s averaged a massive 34.5 fantasy points (standard scoring) in his last three games and has all the confidence in the world right now. San Diego has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last five weeks so there’s no reason to believe Newton won’t be able to keep up his torrid pace.


Drew Brees - Pyro Character

2.           Drew Brees (vs. TB) – Drew Brees hasn’t been the same fantasy stud that he was last year, but would you believe that even though he looks merely average this season, he’s still put up a career second-best fantasy points per game? Whether you’ve been unsatisfied with his performance or not, this will NOT be a game in which he disappoints. He continues to be an absolute monster at home this season averaging 292.2 yards, three touchdowns and 20.9 fantasy points per game. Considering how he shredded this Tampa Bay pass defense for 377 yards and four TDs earlier in the year, you have to believe a high-end QB1 type of day is on its way.


Tom Brady - Pyro Character

3.           Tom Brady (vs. SF, Sunday night) – It’s that time of the season here, folks. The time when Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots team turn up the juice in order to be in high-gear for the playoffs. Fantasy owners who know the Patriots knew this would be coming and made sure to draft at least a player or two on this team back in August. Those who didn’t, I’ll bet they won’t forget come draft day next season. What I’m trying to say here is that even though the Texans have a stout as hell defense—as the San Francisco 49ers do—there was no doubt in my mind that Brady would pick Houston apart last Monday night. Even if the ‘Niners are better than the Texans, it only means Brady and Belichick will push their offense that much harder.


Josh Freeman - Pyro Character

4.           Josh Freeman (at NO) – Big Josh Freeman has come back down to Earth a bit lately tossing up just four TDs, one INT and an average of 229 yards in the last three weeks. His completion percentage has been awful as well throwing at just a 49.5 percent clip in that time, but he’s never been known for his accuracy anyway. This week, none of that will matter. Freeman had his best game of the season against the Saints back in Week 7, and though I don’t believe he’ll be able to match 420 yards and three touchdowns, he should be able to have a QB1 type of day anyway.


Matt Ryan - Pyro Character

5.           Matt Ryan (vs. NYG) – It certainly wasn’t his finest performance of the season, but Matty Ice was able to put up top-ten numbers last week throwing for two touchdowns, one interception and his seventh 300-yard game of 2012 in the Falcons loss to the Panthers. This week doesn’t look like it will be much easier for Ryan going up against a hard-nosed New York Giants defense, but if you want to beat the defending champs; you’ll likely have to do it through the air, so fantasy owners have that going for them. Being indoors at this time of year is certainly a plus, as is the revenge factor seeing how the Giants knocked the Falcons out of the playoffs last season.


Peyton Manning - Pyro Character

6.           Peyton Manning (at Bal) – It wasn’t quite the performance fantasy owners were looking for last Thursday night against the lowly Oakland Raiders, but Peyton Manning still threw for a touchdown and an NFL record 70th 300-yard game of his career. This week he’ll take on a Baltimore Ravens defense that might get Ray Lewis back for the game, but his return will hardly make a difference in what Manning can do to this injury-depleted secondary. I’m not expecting the world here, as the Ravens have only allowed three QBs to throw for more than one TD this season and none to throw for three. However, they HAVE allowed four 300-yard games with three of them coming in Baltimore, so with Peyton and the Broncos still aiming for a first-round bye in the playoffs, I’m expecting Manning to take control and have a nice game.


Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

7.           Andy Dalton (at Phi, Thursday night) – Andy Dalton has not been as effective the last couple of games as he was before, but this prime-time matchup against a weak Eagles defense may be just the thing he needs to get his confidence and playoff hopes back on track. Over his last five games, Dalton has failed to throw for more than 230 yards but he does have 11 touchdowns compared to three interceptions during that time. However, all three of those INTs and just two of the TDs came in past two games. That being said, the Eagles have been very generous to opposing quarterbacks this year allowing two or more TD passes in 10 of their last 11 games, so this is a good opportunity for Dalton to get his mojo back up and running.  FINAL STATISTICS:  13-for-27 – 127 yards – 1 TD – 0 INTs  //  8 rushes - 18 yards - 1 TD

 

 

Eli Manning - Pyro Character

8.           Eli Manning (at Atl) – It looks like Eli is back playing with the big boys in the top ten on a permanent basis now after three high-quality games in a row. Last week against the Saints was one of his best this season, as he threw for 259 yards and four touchdowns in the Giants victory. Week 15 looks like it will be more of the same for Eli as he travels down to Atlanta to face yet another high-flying offensive team. If the Giants are going to keep up in this one, they’ll have to do so through the air, so look for Manning to be slinging it around quite a bit this Sunday.


Aaron Rodgers - Pyro Character

9.           Aaron Rodgers (at Chi) – It’s becoming more and more obvious how much Aaron Rodgers struggles without a full complement of receivers to throw to. It may have been snowy and slushy against the Detroit Lions last week, but weather has never stopped his super-fantasy abilities before, so his second game without a TD pass this season obviously has more to do the absence of Jordy Nelson than anything else. The bad news is that Rodgers is going up against the Chicago Bears, a team he not only has problems with, but who also happen to be one of the best in the league at shutting down the passing game. That being said, Aaron usually finds a way to overcome the odds, so even though this may not be his finest game of the season, I still believe he’ll come through with loew-end QB1 numbers.

 

Carson Palmer - Pyro Character

10.       Carson Palmer (vs. KC)



Quarterbacks 11-32

 

11.       Matthew Stafford (at Ari)


12.       Ben Roethlisberger (at Dal)


13.       Philip Rivers (vs. Car)


14.       Colin Kaepernick (at NE, Sunday night)


15.       Andrew Luck (at Hou)


16.       Matt Schaub (vs. Ind)


17.       Tony Romo (vs. Pit)


18.       Chad Henne (at Mia)


19.       Russell Wilson (at Buf)


20.       Brandon Weeden (vs. Was)


21.       Kirk Cousins (at Cle)


22.       Sam Bradford (vs. Min)


23.       Jay Cutler (vs. GB)


24.       Joe Flacco (vs. Den)


25.       Jake Locker (vs. NYJ, Monday night)


26.       Ryan Tannehill (vs. Jax)


27.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Sea)


28.       Nick Foles (vs. Cin, Thursday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  16-for-33 – 182 yards – 1 TD – 1 INT  //  2 rushes - 5 yards - 0 TDs


29.       Mark Sanchez (at Ten, Monday night)


30.       Christian Ponder (at StL)


31.       Ryan Lindley (vs. Det)


32.       Brady Quinn (at Oak)

 


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11.       Matthew Stafford (at Ari) 

12.       Ben Roethlisberger (at Dal) 

13.       Philip Rivers (vs. Car)  

14.       Colin Kaepernick (at NE, Sunday night)

15.       Andrew Luck (at Hou)  

16.       Matt Schaub (vs. Ind) 

17.       Tony Romo (vs. Pit)  

18.       Chad Henne (at Mia) 

19.       Russell Wilson (at Buf)

20.       Brandon Weeden (vs. Was) 

21.       Kirk Cousins (at Cle)

22.       Sam Bradford (vs. Min) 

23.       Jay Cutler (vs. GB) 

24.       Joe Flacco (vs. Den) 

25.       Jake Locker (vs. NYJ, Monday night) 

26.       Ryan Tannehill (vs. Jax)

27.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Sea)

28.       Nick Foles (vs. Cin, Thursday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  16-for-33 – 182 yards – 1 TD – 1 INT  //  2 rushes - 5 yards - 0 TDs

29.       Mark Sanchez (at Ten, Monday night) 

30.       Christian Ponder (at StL) 

31.       Ryan Lindley (vs. Det) 

32.       Brady Quinn (at Oak)